Catherine George’s story “The Bear Wife” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 15 February 2019.
The first line of this story popped into my head while I, like the bear wife herself, was up in the middle of the night nursing a two-month-old baby. Around that time, I’d been researching local baby and mum yoga classes and reading animal wife and selkie stories, so apparently my sleep-deprived brain mashed the two together. I wrote the line down on my phone in the dark and in the morning found myself thinking about what modern parenting would look like to someone who had grown up in the animal world, as well as how the animal wife story might change if it happened in a contemporary setting.
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